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New Business Owner's Appetite for Success

Published 22nd Mar 2012 by Rachel McDerby

New business owner, Peter Whitcher, only opened the doors of his Huddersfield café four months ago but he’s already thinking about expanding into premises next door.

Peter had been unemployed for over six months when he opened the Grumblin’ Tums Café in Moldgreen last year but his success has spurred him onto think about new opportunities.

He said: "I’d like to extend into the premises next door and open a ‘make your own’ pizza takeaway but in the long-term my ideal catering business would be a fish and chip shop."

The business has grown since the start of the New Year with investment in local promotion helping to boost customers at the café, which is now open seven days a week.

Peter does most of the work at the cafe with some help from his extended family but there’s no getting away from it all because he’s also in charge of the cooking at home.

He continued: "I’ve worked in the catering industry before and with the job market so tough I decided that now was the right time to set-up on my own."

Peter, 45, is part of a new programme being delivered by West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency for job seekers who have a business idea but need help to get it off the ground.

Participants on the programme are paired with a volunteer from the business community who acts as their mentor as they prepare to start trading and beyond.

"My mentor was a big help when it came to writing the business plan, especially on the financial planning and the cashflow forecasts," said Peter who lives in the Dalton area.

The Enterprise Agency is looking for business people who can share their first-hand experience with someone who is about to take their first steps into self-employment.

Volunteer mentors who can spare at least one hour every two weeks are needed to guide participants as they write their business plan and support them during their first 26 weeks of trading.

Peter’s mentor, Chris Sampson of BACS Training, said: "The shared process of mentoring was beneficial for me as well as Peter and also reminded me that with direct and appropriate support people are always more capable than we first think."

"I am looking forward to the next challenge and to supporting the next prospective business person."

To find out more about becoming a mentor visit www.mycci.co.uk/MYMentor or contact Melissa Healy on 01924 786500 or melissa.healy@mycci.co.uk


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